Secondary Education

Welcome to UAB where students become skilled, reflective secondary educators through innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UAB's secondary education program offers degrees and certification programs at three levels—bachelor, master, and specialist.

UAB's secondary education program embodies a three-fold purpose. Its first purpose is to train educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners, primarily in grades 6-12, within today's rapidly changing society. Based on constructivism, its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach that prepares educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours.

This program is unique in how it combines online support from Blackboard with a variety of delivery formats:
  • blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face)
  • professional learning communities
  • flexible summer programming
  • internships and practicums
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

These purposes are expanded and enhanced by the EdS program. This advanced degree offers standards-based concentrations within discipline areas. It infuses an inquiry-focused teacher leader approach that prepares teachers for assuming leadership roles in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It also provides experienced teachers with collaborative skills to serve as reflective practitioners in guiding school change as well as with mentoring techniques to positively impact student achievement and school improvement.

If you wish to pursue a degree in secondary education and earn initial or advanced teacher certification, you have come to the right place! We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you reach your goal.

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.,
Program Director of Secondary Education
Associate Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction (205) 934-8357